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Gender and the EU's Support for Security Sector Reform in Fragile Contexts

Haastrup, Toni, Ansorg, Nadine (2018) Gender and the EU's Support for Security Sector Reform in Fragile Contexts. Journal of Common Market Studies, 56 (5). pp. 1127-1143. ISSN 0021-9886. E-ISSN 1468-5965. (doi:10.1111/jcms.12716)

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Abstract

How does the European Union (EU) include ‘gender’ within its support to security sector reform (SSR) programmes? The EU has committed to include gender perspectives by implementing the Women, Peace and Security agenda (WPS) within its foreign security practices. While researchers and practitioners recognise the importance of integrating gender issues into SSR operational effectiveness, there is limited knowledge about how this functions within the EU’s security architecture. This article uses Feminist Institutionalism (FI) to understand the process of gender mainstreaming within the EU’s support to SSR programmes. It does this by using two crucial theory-testing cases of SSR programmes – Ukraine and Afghanistan. It finds that the EU’s ability to promote gender inclusive approaches to SSR is limited by the structure of the EU’s own assumptions and capabilities, and institutional constraints in third countries. At the same time, the cases underscore the importance of individuals as agents of change.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/jcms.12716
Projects: [UNSPECIFIED] Security Sector Reform and the Stability of Post-War Peace
Uncontrolled keywords: SSR, WPS agenda, EU, feminist institutionalism
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations > Conflict Analysis Research Centre
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations > Global Europe Centre
Depositing User: Toni Haastrup
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2017 00:46 UTC
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2019 09:06 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/65373 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Haastrup, Toni: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6374-1389
Ansorg, Nadine: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8527-3483
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